I am from Newcastle upon Tyne where I began my career as a teenage cub reporter in the Eighties covering births, deaths and marriages, the WI, school fairs, village fetes, leek trench warfare, prize marrow competitions and 999 calls.
Best assignment: being sent to wing walk on a Tiger Moth when the flying circus came to town. Best memory: writing my first splash on a clackety old Corona typewriter and the news editor ripping it out paragraph by paragraph to meet the front page deadline with seconds to spare. I love journalism and Fleet Street and still write stories for my living though the words ‘prize' and ‘marrow' feature less frequently in the same sentence these days.
I am married to a British Army officer I met in Iraq reporting on the 2003 Gulf War. You can read my frontline love story here and listen to me talking about our life together on Radio 4's From Our Home Correspondent here. We have two young sons and live in rural Suffolk with our Lurchers, a puppy love story which you can read here and a shifting cast of ginger cats. When I am not working or being a wife and Mum, I like to bury myself in a book, do yoga and play the drums. I play them really loudly, without mufflers, so I can’t hear other people asking me for things.